12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Beppu
— 3 nights
2
Aso
— 2 nights
3
Amakusa
— 1 night
4
Fukuoka
— 5 nights

3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Futagoji Temple and Kumano Magaibutsu. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Tsurumi and Lake Kinrin. Explore Beppu's surroundings by going to Ajimu Budoushu Koubou (in Usa), Yufu (Homme Blue Cafe & Onsen Resorts) and Kitsuki Castle Town (in Kitsuki). The adventure continues: get all the equipment you need at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, don't miss a visit to JR Oita City, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beppu online trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Beppu is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Beppu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Beppu at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yufu, Bungotakada, Ajimu Budoushu Koubou, Kitsuki Castle Town, Futagoji Temple
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Kitsuki Castle Town

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 4th (Sat), get outside with Aso Milk Road, explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark, and then get impressive views of Mt. Aso. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins, thenadmire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Aso road trip planning website.

You can drive from Beppu to Aso in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Aso sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Taketa, Mt. Aso, Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, Harajiri Falls
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Harajiri Falls ©
Harajiri Falls
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins
Thermal Spas

1
night
Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Dolphin Marine World, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Tenshudo Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Sakitsu Catholic Church, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amakusa online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Aso to Amakusa in 3 hours. In January in Amakusa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Oe Tenshudo Church ©
Oe Tenshudo Church
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church

5
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Visiting Tsutsukihama Beach and Nijino Matsubara will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Nanzoin. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho), Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, and contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka visit website.

Traveling by car from Amakusa to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. In January in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Karatsu, Imari, Miyajidake Shrine, Nanzoin
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

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